Civilian harm is a risk in any military intervention, including peacekeeping operations, such as the one being considered for Mali. While a peacekeeping force has an obligation to abide by international law, it also has an interest in going beyond its legal responsibilities to proactively mitigate the impact of its operations on civilians. Modern military operations leave no doubt that effective mitigation of civilian harm is a fundamental requirement for mission success.



Notes to editors:

Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)’s mission is to improve protection for civilians caught in conflicts around the world. We call on and advise international organizations, governments, militaries, and armed non-state actors to adopt and implement policies to prevent civilian harm. When civilians are harmed we advocate for the provision of amends and post-harm assistance. We bring the voices of civilians themselves to those making decisions affecting their lives.

For more information, contact Christopher Allbritton at +1 (917) 310-4785 or


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